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Sabyasachi Mukherjee designs uniforms for a school in Rajasthan

Sabyasachi Mukherjee, one of the biggest names in the fashion industry has collaborated with CITTA, an NGO in Jaisalmer. Sabyasachi Mukherjee designs uniforms for a school in Rajasthan for a project to uplift the girl child and to conserve and enhance the crafts work of Rajasthan’s heritage.

He has designed uniforms with a unique clothing pattern, Ajrakh which is only found in Rajasthan for the Rajkumari Ratnavati Girls School in Jaisalmer.

Sabyasachi designs uniforms

The NGO CITTA is founded by Michael Daube, an American artist who started his work with Mother Teresa in 1988. The NGO follows the ideals to develop health, education, and economic structure of the remote or backward communities by empowering the women of the society.

CITTA has worked in Nepal also. Daube has brought education, and textile craftsmanship together to enrich the art and develop the economic background of the cities. The initiative focused on educating 400 girls, and Rajkumari Ratnavati Girls School opened a training center for the local women to get trained in the art form, ajrakh.

Daube approached Mukherjee with the collaboration, and he took the opportunity to set a trend where the school uniforms will reflect the local culture and heritage through the craftwork. The essence of the uniforms is to show the beautiful alignment between Indian children and clothing.

What is Ajrakh?

Photo Credits: Sabyasachi

Ajrakh is a unique pattern formed from woodblock printing from Sindh. It is best known for its geometric shapes and the usage of the color palettes, which is either crimson or indigo. The Ajrakh pattern was mostly used for the cummerbunds for men and dupattas for women.

It is one of the most complex printing and dyeing pattern that traces back to the art of the Harappan civilization of the Indus valley. The most unique story behind this art is that it is practiced by both Hindu-Muslim craftsmen. They come mostly from the background of the Khatri community.

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